“Defiance” and “Dark Matter” season finales, 8 and 9-11p.m.,
This third season
brought another fierce foe for Defiance, the scrappy town that was
once St. Louis. Townspeople resisted the Earth Republic and the
Vitanis Collective; then came T'evgin and Kindzi, warriors from the
near-extinct Omec race. Tonight, our heroes try a suicide attack.
That's followed by
the final two “Dark Matter” episodes. In the first, a simple
rescue mission builds into an ordeal; in the second, secrets finally
emerge and a betrayal is revealed.
II: “Great Performances,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS. (check local
No, you don't have
to be a classical-music buff to like this one. It's a night of lush
sounds, with Zubin Mehta conducting the Vienna Philarmonic, against
the gorgeous backdrop of the Schonbrunn Palace.
That starts with a
trumpet fanfare and ends (as always) with a Strauss waltz. In
between, there's much more, including two Edvard Grieg pieces – the
“Peer Gynt” suite and a piano concerto with Rudolf Buckbinder --
and Jean Sibilius' stirring “Finlandia,” which became Finland's
secret national anthem.
ALTERNATIVE: Football, 8 p.m. ET, CBS.
The cop shows step
aside tonight, when CBS finally gets its turn at primetime,
pre-season football. Fox, NBC and ESPN already had their first
pre-season games; now CBS – which has Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and
Tracy Wolfson as its main broadcast team – has a two-night spree.
Saturday will have
Seattle at San Dieto; first, tonight has Detroit at Jacksonville,
both 1-1 in the pre-season. The Lions finished 11-5 last season, but
promptly lost defensive star Ndamukong Suh; the Jaguars were 3-13,
then lost top draft choice Dante Fowler to a practice-time injury.
any time, Netflix. Pablo Escobar's story was epic. A middle-class
Colombian kid – son of a teacher and a farmer – he created a
massive cocaine cartel; by 1989, Forbes magazine was listing his
personal wealth at $3 billion. Four years later, on the day after his
44th birthday, he was killed. This 10-part series tells
both the story of Escobar and of the search to get him.
Talent,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of Tuesday's round, with
the final 12 acts performing. “Talent” went on to choose its 24
semi-finalists; half of them will perform next Tuesday.
p.m., Fox. This reruns Wednesday's round, which is down to six
people. They split into three-person teams and take over a Los
Angeles restaurant, offering two choices for appetizers and two for
entrees. Then the losing team has a pasta challenge, with one person
(1942), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. This black-and-white film –
with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and deep-but-unstated passion –
is a true classic. An American Film Institute survey named it the
third-best American movie, trailing only “Citizen Kane” and “The
More movies, cable.
At 8 p.m., Disney has “Brave” (2012), the action cartoon with a
young heroine. At 9, TBS has “Due Date” (2010), a road comedy
salvaged by the smart casting of Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey
Jr. as mismatched guys, thrown together by circumstance.
p.m., Fox. In this rerun, Jim Gordon – a future police commissioner
– looks into the controversy surrounding Commissioner Loeb. Bruce
Wayne – the future Batman – deals with the aftermath of an
attack. And Fish Mooney's loyalty to the prisoners is questioned.
Comedy reruns. At 10
p.m., TV Land reruns “The Jim Gaffigan Show”; Jim gets a chance
to perform on Jimmy Fallon's latenight show. And at 10:30, many PBS
stations rerun the “Vicious” season-opener. It's a big, broad
episode, salvaged by the comic precision of Ian McKellen and Derek